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About Dover

Dover’s position, right on the tip of the UK overlooking France, has given it an impressive, two thousand year old castle - we’ve been watching out for the French for at least that long. The breathtaking white cliffs are another main attraction - a big ‘welcome!’ to whoever’s arriving via boat across the channel. Some of the best places to stay in Dover afford a view of these cliffs.

What Not To Miss

  • As mentioned above, the castle and cliffs are two of the most famous landmarks associated with Dover and are really not to be missed.
  • Within Dover’s castle are the remains of a Roman lighthouse which dates back to the 1st century and might be the oldest building in Britain. Within the Great Tower, which dates from the 12th Century, are a number of exhibitions taking you back to the time of Henry II.
  • It’s the castle’s famous wartime tunnels which are a big draw, a warren cut through the chalk which was begun in the Napoleonic wars and expanded during WW2 until eventually it was large enough to house a command centre and hospital. It was here that operation Dynamo - or the evacuation of the thousands of troops from the beaches of Dunkirk - was coordinated and there’s an interactive exhibition telling the tale.
  • Dover also has a very poignant Battle of Britain memorial, complete with a collection of vintage airplanes,
  • The Dover Museum has become the most recent resting place for a 3,500 year old wooden boat which was found preserved in mud several years ago.

There is a wide range of accommodation on offer and our pick of the best places to stay in Dover feature a charming restaurant with rooms just out of town and a hotel at the foot of the famous white cliffs.

The Best Places to Stay in Dover

The Best Places to Stay in Dover For the views

  • The White Cliffs Hotel & Trading Co. is a charming hotel at the base of the White Cliffs of Dover with views all the way over to France. There is a walled rose-garden, tennis courts and a very fresh seafood restaurant.

The Best restaurants with rooms in Dover

  • Surrounded by green, The Marquis at Alkham is a ten room restaurant with rooms in the Alkham Valley. Inside the house there are modern, chic bedrooms and fantastic food. There are also separate cottages to rent if you like a little more independence.

For an apartment or cottage

  • If you'd prefer your own space, don't hesitate to visit our online partner Booking.com for a selection of properties ideal for exploring the town and all its sights.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Gatwick Airport located 125km (78 miles) from Dover. The airport is large and has connections to the rest of the UK, Europe and beyond. Catch a train to Dover with high-speed connections to London taking just over an hour. Or take a ferry to Dover, with the popular cross-chanel route occurring regularly to Calais and Dunkirk.
  • If you want to rent a car to explore the beautiful coastline, for prices visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • Best time to visit - the summer months from June to early December provide the warmest weather to enjoy all the beaches near Dover and other outdoor activities.

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Best Hotels in Dover

  • The Marquis of Granby Dover (Alkham) 10 rooms from CA$152

    Country Escape  -  The quintessential English country pub offering great food, relaxing rural views, quaint village life & bucolic surroundings
    Local exploring  -  This idyllic pub is only a 10 min drive to the Eurotunnel & 15 mins to Dover ferry terminal, making it a perfect stop-over
    Restaurant  -  The restaurant serves classic pub food with local, fresh ingredients as well as more experimental premium dishes
    Great walks  -  Tour the village and admire the 12th-century church and sweeping views of Alkham Valley
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    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    Charming 200-year-old village pub with contemporary rooms. Exposed brick walls, wood floors and mood lighting create an authentic ambience in the lively restaurant. Fresh, compact wood-panelled rooms playfully combine vintage furniture with colourful prints. Laid-back country retreat with good grub. See More

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  • The White Cliffs Hotel Dover, Kent 16 rooms from CA$219

    Spa  -  Garden of England Spa is a 15-minute walk from the property
    Surfing  -  Available at sites close to the hotel
    Views  -  Overlooking the English Channel
    Restaurant  -  Serving local, seasonal dishes
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    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    Charming hotel at the feet of the White Cliffs of Dover. Rooms are modern and stylish, some with rustic touches - wooden beams and four poster beds. Family friendly, with beautiful views of the French coastline. Guests can relax in the beach garden and enjoy breakfast on the terrace in summer. See More

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